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Rafael Ray Groff

August 9, 1949 –
 November 22, 2022


Rafael Ray Groff passed away on November 22, 2022 in Ft Worth, TX at the age of 73. He was a beloved Husband, Father, Grandfather and Great-grandfather. Rafael is survived by his wife, Marilyn Hadas Groff and their children Nathanael David Groff and wife Heather of Livingston, CA
Rachael Shoshannah Koehn and husband Chad of Kimberly,Idaho Jeremiah Lael Groff and Laura Davis of Visalia, CA

their grandchildren
Glenn Louis Groff, Sierra Dawn Schmidt, Shane Carson Groff, Megan Rose Hanni, Haley Nicole Koehn, Brooke Lynn Koehn, Abbigail Rose Groff, Isaiah Stephen Groff and Great grandchild Raegan May Hanni.

He was preceded in death by his parents
Glenn Groff and Dundena Mae Morthimer Groff

Ray was born the only child on August 9, 1949 in Bethlehem, PA
He graduated from Lehighton High School in 1968
He served in the US Army as Specialist Fourth Class, Serving in the Philippines and Korea
He received a BA from Grand Canyon University in 1992
Rafael married Marilyn Adams in 1974 in Phoenix, AZ

He loved people even though he was a very quiet man. They moved often to engage in several professions. He was a Christian pastor of 3 different churches in AZ, Alberta Canada and California. He also was a Nursing Home and Assisted Living Administrator and owned his own yard service company.

His spiritual journey led him to Israel and in 2017 He and his wife converted to Judaism.

Visitation will be December 8th at North Dallas Funeral Home at 9am

Followed by a Burial Memorial at
Dallas Ft Worth Veteran’s Cemetery at 11:00am

Psalm 130

1 A Song of Ascents.
Out of the depths I cry to You, Adonai!
2 Lord, hear my voice!
Let Your ears be attentive to the sound of my supplications.
3 If You, Adonai, kept a record of iniquities—
my Lord, who could stand?
4 For with You there is forgiveness,

so You may be revered.
5 I wait for Adonai, my soul waits,
and in His word I hope.
6 My soul waits for my Lord,
more than watchmen for the morning,
watchmen for the morning.
7 O Israel, wait for Adonai.
For with Adonai there is lovingkindness,
and with Him is full redemption,
8 and He will redeem Israel
from all its iniquities.


December 8, 2022
9:00 am –
North Dallas Funeral Home
2710 Valley View Ln, Dallas, TX 75234,


December 8, 2022
11:00 am
Dallas Ft. Worth Veteran’s Cemetery
2000 Mountain Creek Parkway Dallas, TX 75211

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Liza B.Dallas, TX
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"The unexpected passing of my husband was a very difficult and trying time for my boys and I. I had the good fortune of having Abel walk us thru this process. Working with him was such a weight off my shoulders. He was professional, so polite and helpful. The service was beautiful – never did I feel rushed or like just another customer. They gave me the time I needed and I appreciate that so much! Also Mr. Brooks took special care of my husband as he is a fellow mason. I would highly recommend working with Abel and North Dallas Funeral Home."
Lance G.Dallas, TX
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"Everyone at North Dallas Funeral Home was very professional, kind, and caring, in all steps of the process from the first phone call to the service held at their location. They help to make the process as easy and comforting in my opinion as to be expected, I would recommend their service to anyone. Thank You to everyone who helped me and my family. Sincerely,"
Jason H.Dallas, TX
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"As soon as the call was made to Mr. Wayne Baxter all of my brothers final needs were taken care of. They walked me through what to expect the timeline and even dealt with the cemetery and the grave diggers. I was a hot mess due to my brothers sudden and unexpected passing. The experience was seamless and made it easy for my brother’s friends and family to say their last goodbyes. They even had the size to accommodate such a large group that showed up . The package deals that they offered were cost-effective and didn’t break my bank account. They included extras and accommodations that other funeral homes charged extra for. All the staff was amazing including Mr. Don Dodd . I can not thank them enough for all their help."
The Gillilands
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Dear John,

It was such a nice pleasure to meet you, and what you had planned for my father just took my breath away. It was so special to hear you tell us how he would just come over to talk with you. I think it brought him much comfort. Thank you for putting that Air Force article of him on your website. I am going to have a replica made of the painting of his plane to give you.

Thank you again for all you have done to honor our dad.

Love, The Gillilands


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